Free gas for life prize actually worth $1,200 a year for 50 years

A few weeks ago, the Bransen family won “free gas for life” at BP when they came in first place at an Amazing Race 8 pit stop. However, there’s no use befriending one of them just to be able to fill your gas tank whenever you want, because the prize “isn’t unlimited,” according to the new TV Guide magazine.

The prize is actually worth $1,200 a year for 50 years; each of them receives a gas card with that amount annually. Thus, in 50 years, if gas prices continue to climb exponentially, they’ll be able to get maybe two or three gallons for free every year.

Still, between the four of them, their reward is worth $240,000–a much better prize than a trip worth maybe a few thousand dollars.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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